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Title: Wikipedia: Clan McLea not a Clan?
Posted by: Andrew Lancaster
Date: 26 January 2006

I suppose that in such discussion about triaditional meanings it is not irrelevent to point out that chief is Old French for head in the sense of leader. 

(The original meaning of Latin caput was only the body part, the other meaning came later. In medieval French and Italian, slang words took over for the body part - "testa" meaning something like modern English "mug").

Head and chief have common Indo-European origins.

Old Germanic khobhudh -> English head, Dutch hoofd
Latin caput -> French chef, Anglo-Norman chief

In a modern organisation French "chef" does not of course mean "cook" (a head cook is only "chef" of the kitchen or "cuisine"). Modern French chef would be translated as "head". For example head of a department.

As chef and head are still equivalent in modern times in the parlance of organisations, I guess they have stayed somewhat parallel in general European political terminology, especially in places like Scotland and England, where French always had a strong presence.

Best Regards
Andrew

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